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Distributor timing i need to how far i need to turn the distributor

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You need a timing light. You hook it to the no.1 cylinder and it flashes when that cylinder sparks. Aim the light at the crank. There is a timing mark on the crank and on the motor. You turn the distributor till the marks line up.

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Without knowing if you have a V6 or a V8 motor I can't look up your TDC for your '86 Camaro, and if you don't have a timing gun that knowledge wouldn't help much anyway. However, you can tune your engine by ear and it may help the sluggishness. To do this mark the block and the distributor so you know how far you are advancing your timing once you start adjusting it. There is usually one bolt mounting the distributor into the block, loosen it until you can turn the distributor but it is still stiff enough to hold in place while the motor is running. Keep it in its original location and start the motor. Carefully, with a warm engine, gently turn the distributor ever so slightly clockwise until the engine isn't shuddering and is idling smoothly. It may take some trial and error to find the right spot. When you are confident your engine sounds right turn off the motor and tighten the bolt. Make a mental note of where you relocated the distributor to in relation to your other marks on the mount and the block. Then take the car out for a test drive. It may feel sluggish by too far advancing or retarding the timing. If so try again using the original marks as a reference. If this doesn't work, put your distributor back to its original location before troubleshooting further.

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What degree should the 65 xp falcon 200 super pursuit motor ignition be set at

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I need a digram of the placement of the distributor in a 1995 jeep grand cherokee 4WD L6 4.0 L

Distributor location (placement) is on the passenger side of the engine, half way back in a hole provided for that.
It is installed by turning the engine so that the timing mark on the front pulley is pointing to "0" and the #1 intake valve has just closed.
If valve cover is on, you may either be in the correct position or 180degrees out of phase. When properly installed, the distributor rotor is pointing to the #1 wire tower on the distributor (roughly at the right front headlight) and is fully engaged with the oil pump drive. There is no timing adjustment on the distributor so the hold down only goes in one way. If after installation the engine backfires from the intake, you are one tooth too far advanced. If same condition but in exhaust you are one tooth retarded. In either case, you need to move the distributor over one tooth in the proper direction
If my answer helps, please rate it. If you did not understand it or need more help just ask!.

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Car is out of time....cause trying to change the distributor cab, by mistake the crantshaf was moved and now the timing in the chevy is out of line

If you only replaced the distributor cap and did not remove the distributor or loosen the holdown bolt that keeps it from moving, turning the engine won't have any effect on the timing.. Chances are that you put the wires back on the cap in the wrong order or began at the wrong starting point. As long as the distributor has not been removed from the engine, to find #1, turn the crank to 0 and look at the rotor. If it points to the firewall, turn the engine one more time 'till it points to the front. Wherever it points is #1.If you loosened the distributor and turned it, turn the housing 'till the closest wire tower aligns with the rotor, then lock it down
If it is a v8 engine, the order is 18436572 in the direction the rotor turns when cranking or running. You can look up the order for v6 engines in any haynes or chilton manual.
To set the timing without a timing light, start the engine, put the transmission in drive and keep your foot on the brake to keep the vehicle from moving, then apply more some point the engine will begin to rattle (detonate) if the timing is too far advanced. You need to keep turning the distributor and repeating the process till it detonates, then turn the distributor back about 1/4". That should give you a good "ballpark" timing setting 'till you can get someone to do it correctly. (process is called power timing) When finished, tighten the distributor down so it does not change while driving. NOTE: When power timing, allways have room in front of the vehicle so you won't crash into anything, and NEVER permit anyone to stand in front of it.

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How do I reset the timing on a 1994 ford ranger?

Distributorless Ignition is not adjustable However the Distributor Ignition System is
1 Place Transmission in Park on Manual (Neutral and set Park Brake
2 Ensure all accessories are off AC ,Heater, Radio, ETC...
3Connect an inductive timming light and Tach to the Engine according to manufactures instructions
4 disconnect the single wire inline spout connector or the shorting bar from the double wire spout connector( should be located near hood hinge on fenderwell drivers side small Gray plug with pc of Tape around it ) or near distributor
5 using a pc of yellow chalk laying flat onto the Crankshaft harmonic balancer and marking the entire timing marks area this will make it easier to see the correct timing marks
6 Start engine and bring to normal operating temp.
7 Check Idle speed and adjust if needed this should be non adjustable on your vehicle
8 Check initial timing by aiming the timing light at the marks and pointer.see emissions label under hood for exact timing Specs.
9 if the marks don't line up shut down engine
10 loosen the hold-down bolt on the distributor base but not so much that the distributor turns when assistant restarts the engine
11 restart engine
12 have assistant aim timing light at marks and pointer
13 while holding the distributor Base Shaft with the proper sized wrench at the base or insulated channelocks loosen the hold down bolt and advance or ****** the distributor until the correct timing marks line up.hold in that position while assistant shuts engine off
(NOTE) when retightening the distributor bolt it can have the tendancy to turn the distributor
14 retighten the distributor bolt while holding the shaft firmly to prevent spinning
15have assistant restart engine
16 Verify that the timing marks still line up with pointer if non alignment , readjust using steps 9 thru14 again
17 once it is set correctly and bolt is tight on distributor base shut down engine. Reconnect in-line Spout Connector or reinstall inline spout shorting bar and assure that timing is advancing beyond initial settings by starting the engine and aiming at the timing marks when engine is slightly reved the timing should advance slightly 2-4 degrees maybe more depending on mileage
18 if timing can't be achieved because distriburor was removed you must
1 unhook coil wire
2 remove the #1 Sparkplug verify that the #1 piston is at the top of the compression stroke (must be on top compression stroke) if it isnt have assistant crank engine slightly to get close with coil wire unplugged. DO NOT turn the crankshaft backwards at any time to get piston into position 3 once piston is in position remove the battery cables, remove the distributor cap with wires intact and verify that the rotor cap is at center of the #1 point in the distributor cap if it isn't
4 loosen & remove the distributor bolt
5 lift the distributor only slightly enough to disengage the gear on the shaft from the camshaft gear (NOTE) when letting it back down into the engine it will spin the rotor off of the #1 position so it must be turned far enough to compensate for this turning when it is reinstalled
6 seat the distributor shaft in the hole and reinstall the retainer bolt and tighten then use the steps above to fine tune the timing

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